One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large lizard with webbed feet that swims strongly and feeds on marine algae. It is native to the Galapagos Islands and is the only marine lizard.
Amblyrhynchus cristatus, family Iguanidae
- ‘The tortoises, marine iguanas and land iguanas on the Galapagos Islands, studied by Charles Darwin, provide some of the most striking examples.’
- ‘Primitive forms are small and insectivorous, but where there is less competition or predation they may develop into larger herbivores, as represented by the famous marine iguana of the Galapagos.’
- ‘This past year, I decided to return to the Galapagos for an intense four-month photo session among old friends such as giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies.’
- ‘Unfortunately, we were not allowed to directly conduct a common garden experiment in the Galapagos because marine iguanas from different populations can not be brought into captivity at one site.’
- ‘Another example of likely feedback of social interactions onto circulating hormone levels comes from Galapagos marine iguanas.’
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